Crime-Fighting Robots Go On Patrol In Silicon Valley

Posted: Nov 22 2014, 10:20am CST | by , in News | Technology News

Crime-Fighting Robots Go On Patrol In Silicon Valley
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  • Not built for confrontation
  • Send out videos to control room
  • 5 feet tall

The security robots are autonomous, meaning they operate on their own

We are pretty much aware of the existence of the robots but did we ever stop to think they would take control of the crime scene? That too in the Silicon Valley? Of course not. But that has been turned to reality as crime-fighting robots, looking more like something out of a sci-fi movie, went on a patrol in Silicon Valley. If you give them just one quick glance, you might also come to think that they look more like cartoonish Star Wars characters.

Stacy Stephens, co-founder of Knightscope, headquartered in Mountain View, says “The vast majority of people see it and go, ‘Oh my God, that’s so cute.’ We’ve had people go up and hug it, and embrace it for whatever reason.” Technology has been taking everything to the next level and this was certainly welcomed in the security zone where efficiency is always highly required. The robots are imposing but they haven’t been named as such and they are no joke. They about 5 feet tall and 300 pounds so someone thinking to try out some action and risk putting themselves in danger would probably think more than twice.

Stacy further said “The first thing that’s going to happen is the burglar is going to spot the robot. And unfortunately, criminals are inherently lazy. They’re not looking for something that’s going to be confrontational, they’re looking for something that’s going to be an easy target. They see the robot and maybe they move down to the next place down the street.”

The best part about this K5 security is that they are totally autonomous and don’t rely on a third person for supervision. They operate on their own and the basic aim for their existence is to avoid any sort of confrontations so some bad guy chases and arrests won’t be likely during their presence. The robots have been programmed in such a way that when someone comes in their way, they will stop right there and redirect its path around the person. Apparently the robot hasn’t done anything heroic, but everything has been cleverly taking place under the hood. During this time, the robot is actually sending video inside to a control center where a human is monitoring.

Talking about a scenario where a would-be burglar persists, Stacey says “Then, the robot is looking at the video, listening for glass breakage, any loud sound that breaking in would cause. We’ll get the license plate, picture of the vehicle, geotag location, and time.” The technology with which these robots have been programmed is quite similar to the one used on the self driving Google car.

“It has a LIDAR (light image detection and ranging) that’s doing a 3D map,” Stephens said. “It will geofence itself and give itself a perimeter within which it will operate. And it moves around within that perimeter freely and it chooses its own path.”

source: cbslocal

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